Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

In observance of the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here's a cover illo I did for Kristen Goodfriend at the Boston Phoenix; this illo ran the week of September 9, 2005.

The main thing that I remember about this one, (besides drooling over the opportunity to draw Dubya as Nero fiddling while New Orleans drowned), was the question of which musical instrument to place in Bush/Nero's hands. The stickler for historical accuracy in me insisted that it be a lyre, (no fiddles in Ancient Rome), but my inner pragmatist knew that a modern-day fiddle would do a better job of putting the idea across. Pragmatism won the day, but for anyone who might be curious, I've included an early rough sketch to show what the illo would've looked like with the lyre.


  1. That is soooo good.

  2. Pragmatism tends to win a lot in my work as well. People are just stupid, I guess.

    By the way, Dubya's face in the sketch looks like he's pinching a loaf. Should used that in the final!

  3. Anonymous11:59 AM

    I'm glad you chose the modern instrument, it gives that vibe that Dubya is playing a violin for the victims or for a different class of people not that important on the war on terra.